A Soulsy Bluesy Christmas

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Merry Christmas Baby (Charles Brown)
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That Spirit Of Christmas (Ray Charles)
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Back Door Santa (Clarence Carter)
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White Christmas (Otis Redding)
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I'll Make Every Day Christmas (Joe Tex)
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Presents For Christmas (Solomon Burke)
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Silver Bells (Wilson Pickett)
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Soulful Christmas (James Brown)
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You're All I Want For Christmas (Brook Benton)
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Winter Wonderland (Louis Armstrong)
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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (King Curtis)
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Blues For Christmas (John Lee Hooker)
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Take a listen to the soulsy bluesy playlist and realise like we did as we put it together that this is a genre that gets far too little attention over the holidays. Sure these smoking numbers might not always be the fodder for sending your yuletide gatherings into orbit but what about those moments when everyone wants to rein it in and just chill out? Look no further than the original and greatest version of ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ by Charles Brown who turns out something ravishing with some slowly tugged strings, a skittering piano and his trademark mature vocals. Clarence Carter is equally impressive on ‘Back Door Santa’ that has quite the festive strut which you might recognise from Run-D.M.C.’s ‘Christmas In Hollis’ as they would go on and heavily sample this golden great.

And what would a bluesy holiday playlist be without the Godfather of Soul James Brown? You might not have realised but Brown had a healthy Christmas catalogue with ‘Soulful Christmas’ being one of his prime December cuts. If Brown’s all-action theatrics proves too much for you then Louis Armstrong’s kitten-soft ‘Winter Wonderland’ might be the perfect antidote.

All told this is a 12-track collection with plenty of class to woe you each day over the Christmas break.

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